Paula Biglieri, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
Susan Buck-Morss, City University of New York Graduate Center
Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
Monique David-Ménard, Université de Paris VII
Rodrigo de la Fabián, Universidad Diego Portales
Christian Dunker, Universidade de São Paulo
Zeynep Gambetti, Boğazici University
Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt Universität
Jimmy Casas Klausen, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University
Vladimir Safatle, Universidade de São Paulo


Participant Biographies


Paula Biglieri is Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina. She is the co-head of the Cátedra Libre Ernesto Laclau of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires. She co-directs the project, “Theorising Transnational Populist Politics,” a collaboration between the Department of Humanities of the University of Brighton, UK and the Cátedra Libre Ernesto Laclau, supported by an International Partnership and Mobility Award from the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 2011 she has served as co-director of the journal Debates y Combates. In 2010 she was a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University. With Gloria Perelló, she is the author of Los usos del psicoanálisis en la teoría de la hegemonía de Ernesto Laclau (2012) and En el nombre del Pueblo. La emergencia del populismo kirchnerista (2007).

 Natalia Brizuela is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature & Culture in the Departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Fotografia e Imperio. Paisagens para um Brasil Moderno (Cia das Letras, 2012); Depois da fotografia. Uma literatura fora de si (Rocco, 2014); Y todo el resto es literatura. Ensayos sobre Osvaldo Lamborghini (Interzona, 2008); and the forthcoming The Matter of Photograhy in the Americas (Stanford University Press, 2018). She is currently at work on a study of time as critique in contemporary aesthetics.

 Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated with the interdisciplinary graduate Program in Critical Theory. A scholar of historical and contemporary political theory, her most recent books are Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010), The Power of Tolerance (with Rainer Forst, 2013), and Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015).

Susan Buck-Morss is Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, where she is a core faculty member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She is Professor Emerita in the Government Department of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Her training is in continental theory, specifically, German critical philosophy and the Frankfurt School. Her work crosses disciplines, including art history, architecture, comparative literature, cultural studies, German studies, philosophy, history, and visual culture. She is currently writing on the philosophy of history: “History as the Cosmology of Modernity.”

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Founding Director of the Program in Critical Theory. She is the author of: Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth- Century France (1987); Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990); Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993); The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (1997); Excitable Speech (1997); Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000); Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Undoing Gender (2004); Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak, 2008); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009); Is Critique Secular? (with Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, and Saba Mahmood, 2009); and Sois Mon Corps (with Catherine Malabou, 2011). Her most recent books include: Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012); Dispossessions: The Performative in the Political (with Athena Athanasiou, 2013); Senses of the Subject (2015); and Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015). Butler is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew W. Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-2013). With Penelope Deutscher, she of co-directs the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs.

Monique David-Ménard has had a double career. First, from 1999-2008 she was Professor of Philosophy and Director of Research at Université de Paris VII. From 2005-2011 she was also the Director of the Centre d’étude du vivant, where she introduced the program “Gender and Sexuality.” She is now Associate Member at ICI-Berlin. As a practicing psychoanalyst in Paris, she is associate member of the Société de Psychanalyse Freudienne. She is a co-founder of the International Society for Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (ISPP/SIPP) and member of the International Network of Women Philosophers at UNESCO. Her recent publications include: Eloge des hasards dans la vie sexuelle (Hermann, 2011); “Objects, Exchanges, Discourse,” in Scholarly Dialogue on Psychoanalysis and Philosophy in the Work of Monique David-Ménard; “Objects, Phantasm, Life and Death” (philoSOPHIA, A Journal of Continental Feminism 5 (1) 2015); “L’anthropologie parle-t-elle jamais des sexualités?” in Genres, Normes, Psychanalyse, Cliniques Méditerranéennes (Erès Editions, 2017); “The Unjustifiable in a Philosophical Rationality. An Example: Swedenborg in the Critique of Pure Reason,” in Madness, Religion, and the Limits of Reason (Elanders Stockholm, 2015); and “Was haben wir ausser dem Spiel, um aus dem Trauma aufzutauchen?” in Denkweisen des Spiels Medienphilosophische Annäherungen (Berlin, Turia and Kant, 2017).

Rodrigo de la Fabián is Associate Professor and Director of the doctoral program in psychology of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. He is a member of the executive board of the International Society for Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (ISPP).  His recent publications include “Positive Psychology’s Promise of Happiness: A New Form of Human Capital in Contemporary Neoliberal Governmentality,” in Theory & Psychology (with Antonio Stecher, 2017); “De l’impératif du Bonheur dans le néolibéralisme contemporain. Une lecture psychanalytique du nouvel esprit du capitalisme” (Filozofski Vestnik 37 (1) 2016); “Nuevos discursos acerca de la felicidad y gubernamentalidad neoliberal: Ocúpate de ser feliz y todo lo demás vendrá por añadidura” (with Antonio Stecher, Sociedad Hoy 25, 2015); and “De la irreductible presencia del salvaje hobbesiano en la obra de Sigmund Freud” (Revista Aurora 26 (38) 2014).

Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker is a psychoanalyst in São Paulo, Brazil. He is Professor of Lacanian Studies and Psychopathology at the University of São Paulo, and Coordinator of the Laboratory of Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. He is the author of The Constitution of the Psychoanalytic Clinic (Karnak, 2011) and Mal-Estar, Sofrimento e Sintoma (Boitempo, 2015). He is Analyst Member of the Lacanian Field and member of the International Society for Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (ISPP).

Zeynep Gambetti is Associate Professor of Political Theory at Boğazici University. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Paris VII in 1999. Her work focuses on collective agency, ethics, and public space. She has carried out extensive research on the transformation of the conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdish movement, with particular emphasis on space as a vector of relationality. She collaborated with Joost Jongerden to edit the special issue of The Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies on the spatial dimensions of the Kurdish question in Turkey. She has also published several theoretical articles and book chapters on Hannah Arendt’s political thought and subjectivity, in particular, “The Agent Is the Void! From the Subjected Subject to the Subject of Action,” in Rethinking Marxism (2005), and “Conflict, ‘Commun-ication’ and the Role of Collective Action in the Formation of Public Spheres” in Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa (edited by Seteney Shami, SSRC Publications, 2009). She is the co-editor of Rhetorics of Insecurity: Belonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era (with Marcial Godoy-Anativia, New York University Press, 2013), The Kurdish issue in Turkey: A Spatial Perspective (with Joost Jongerden, London/New York, Routledge, 2015), and Vulnerability in Resistance: Politics, Feminism, Theory (with Judith Butler and Leticia Sabsay, Duke University Press, 2016).

Rahel Jaeggi has been a Professor for Practical Philosophy with Emphasis on Social Philosophy and Critical Theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin since 2009. She taught at the Goethe University Frankfurt from 1998-2009. In 2002-2003 she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. In 2015-2016 she was Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York, and in 2012 she was Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her areas of specialization are social philosophy, critical theory, political philosophy, ethics, philosophical anthropology, and social ontology. Her recent publications include Alienation (2014; 2016), Nach Marx: Philosophie, Kritik, Praxis (edited with Daniel Loick, 2013), Kritik von Lebensformen, (2013, English Translation forthcoming) and Was ist Kritik? (edited with Tilo Wesche, 2009).

Jimmy Casas Klausen is Professor Adjunto II in the Instituto de Relações Internacionais at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and co-editor of Contexto Internacional: Journal of Global Connections. He teaches political theory, specializing in twentieth-century French philosophy, postcolonial theory, and feminist and queer theory.  He is currently working on two research projects: the first on the recent prominence of anarcho-capitalism, rightwing anti-statism, and authoritarian populism in Brazil and former Anglo settler colonies; the second on the transformations in global discourses of humanism after decolonization that inform national policies and international activism concerning so-called “uncontacted tribes” in the Amazon and elsewhere.  Past publications include “Economies of Violence: The Bhagavadgītā and the Fostering of Life in Gandhi’s and Ghose’s Anticolonial Theories,” (American Political Science Review 108 (1) 2013), “Hannah Arendt’s Antiprimitivism” (Political Theory 38 (3) 2010) and Fugitive Rousseau (Fordham University Press, 2014).  Klausen holds degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago and political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Juan Obarrio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Founding Director of the Program on the Global South at the University of San Martin in Buenos Aires. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. His areas of expertise are critical theory and political anthropology, with a special focus on postcolonial studies and Southern Theory. In addition to his research in South America and Southern Africa, he has worked on program building to foster South-South academic collaborations across regions and languages. He has received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Council of Learned Societies. His essays have been published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. He is the author of The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Corps Etranger (Belin Editions, Paris, 2014); A Matter of Time: A Secret State of Things in Northern Mozambique (forthcoming). He is co-editor of Legados, genealogias y memorias postcoloniales (Ediciones Godot, 2015) and African Futures: Essays in Crisis, Emergence, Possibility (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is editor of the journal Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, published by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs.


Vladimir Safatle is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute of Psychology at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He is President of the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidade de São Paulo. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Université de Paris VII, the Université de Paris VIII, Université de Toulouse, and the Université Catholique de Louvain, as fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS, South Africa), and as lecturer at Collège International de Philosophie, Paris. He is one of the coordinators of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (ISPP). He is responsible for the translation of Adorno’s complete works in Portuguese. He is the author of Grand Hotel Abyss: Desire, Recognition and the Restoration of the Subject (Leuven University Press, 2016; Portuguese ed., 2012); La izquierda que no teme decir su nombre (LOM ediciones, 2013; Portuguese ed., 2012); La Passion du négatif: Lacan et la dialectique (Georg Olms 2010; Portuguese ed., 2006); O circuito dos afetos: corpos políticos, desamparo e o fim do indivíduo (2016); and Cinismo e falência da crítica (2008).